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Flood Disaster Profile of Pakistan: A Review
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages: 144-149
Received: Mar. 1, 2014; Accepted: Apr. 9, 2014; Published: Apr. 20, 2014
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Sayeeda Amber Sayed, Human Development Programme, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Pedro Arcos González, Unit for Research on Emergency and Disaster, Department of Medicine, University of Oviedo, Spain
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Floods- Disaster profile of Pakistan clearly entails that the country has experienced severe and life-threatening flooding in the recent past. During heavy monsoon rains every year, people’s exposure and vulnerability to extreme flooding increases due to the country’s current socioeconomic conditions. A fundamental change in the country’s development path is needed to prevent future catastrophic floods that decouples exposure and vulnerability from economic growth and is more in harmony with the functioning, capacities and thresholds of the natural environment. The catastrophic flooding in the country could have been curtailed with the benefit of hindsight and given the optimum management of its political, social and economic spheres. Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in the areas of water, sanitation, health, shelter and livelihoods can enhance community resilience to future disasters by providing stronger shelter, water and sanitation structures which can withstand floods better; and increasing people’s assets and knowledge
Floods, Disaster, Vulnerability, Pakistan
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Sayeeda Amber Sayed, Pedro Arcos González, Flood Disaster Profile of Pakistan: A Review, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 144-149. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20140203.11
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